Kirsten Laskey

Los Alamos Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados Assigned To Rio Arriba County Sheriff James Lujan’s Case

Rio Arriba Sheriff James Lujan

Staff Report

A criminal complaint was filed May 21 against Rio Arriba County Sheriff James Lujan and Lujan’s attorney Nathaniel Thompkins entered a not-guilty plea May 22 on his behalf to Los Alamos Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados.

Española police had arrested Lujan for refusing to comply with a search warrant in relation to an earlier charge of obstructing an investigation in March.

Lujan waived his appearance in court and Judge Casados released him on his own recognizance.

According to the Rio Arriba Magistrate Court Clerk’s Office, Lujan’s next court date


County Responds To Gas Line Break On Trinity Today

County workers, including the fire department, are working to repair a broken gas line on Trinity Drive. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Most lanes on Trinity Drive, from 20th Street to Oppenheimer Drive, have reopened after being temporarily closed while a broken gas line is repaired. The eastbound lane on the south side remains closed but is expected to reopen around 7:30 p.m. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Los Alamos Daily Post

After temporarily closing a section of Trinity Drive, from 20th Street to Oppenheimer Drive, due


Community Invited To Participate In COVID-19 Poster Contest

Courtesy image


Los Alamos Museum of Art (LAMOA) and The Los Alamos Historical Society are sponsoring a COVID-19 Poster Contest.

The first-place winner will earn $300, second place will receive $150 and the third-place winner will earn $100.

There also will be a kids’ category for ages 5-14. They will have a chance to win $50.

Los Alamos and White Rock artists are invited to get creative with their digital and traditional media. Winning images will be made into posters for display in the local community.

Selected works will be used as part of each museum’s online gallery.



McQuiston: COVID-19 And Car Insurance

The Jemez Agency

The coronavirus pandemic has forced people to spend more time at home, resulting in a lot less driving.

Car insurance companies are recognizing how these changes are affecting Americans and how they are driving. Less miles being driven means less accidents and less claims.

Just in the last week or so, several insurance companies have stated they will be refunding a portion of premiums back to consumers.

Here is a list of companies that I have seen offer refunds. There may be more or more to come, but as of this writing, the companies are:

  • Safeco;
  • Liberty Mutual;


Los Alamos County Libraries Continue To Serve Community

Los Alamos County Library staff hold a virtual meeting Tuesday morning. Courtesy/LAC

Los Alamos Daily Post

The doors of the Los Alamos County’s libraries may be locked and their interiors dark but looks can be deceiving.

The fact is the pandemic shuttered the physical buildings but online, the Los Alamos County Library System is operating at full steam with a multitude of services. Library patrons can check out the libraries’ offerings at their webpage.

“I would like for the public to know that even though we are physically closed, there are a number


New Mexico COVID-19 Cases At 543, One More Death

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Saturday announced 51 additional positive tests for COVID-19.
Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are:
  • 23 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 4 new cases in Cibola County
  • 1 new case in Lincoln County
  • 1 new case in Los Alamos County
  • 1 new case in McKinley County
  • 1 new case in Rio Arriba County
  • 2 new cases in Sandoval County
  • 9 new cases in San Juan County
  • 6 new cases in Santa Fe County
  • 3 new cases in Torrance County
Today’s announced cases include additional positive tests from the La Vida Llena long-term care facility in


Los Alamos County Council Chair Sara Scott Announces First Confirmed COVID-19 Case Of A Resident

By Chair Sara Scott
Los Alamos County Council

The County has just received notice from the Governor’s office that Los Alamos has its first confirmed case of COVID-19.

The information I have is that the patient is a male in his 40’s, and that he is currently isolating (not in the hospital). As usual, the Department of Health is conducting an investigation to determine exposure history. 

This news underscores the need to continue to protect each other through taking the Stay at Home Instruction, social distancing, frequent hand washing and other important measures seriously. I’d also like to reinforce


Peterson: How Simply Breathing Can Become A Royal Pain In The Neck

By Kreig Peterson
Medical Massage Therapist

Many clients suffering from neck and shoulder pain are actually creating this painful condition simply by breathing improperly and need some convincing before they believe their chronic headaches, numb hands or debilitating neck pain can be caused by the routine act of breathing.

So, what’s the connection? If the diaphragm doesn’t do its job well secondary muscles in the upper chest (pectoralis minor) and throat (Sternocleidomastoid and scalenes) and shoulders (trapezius and supra spinatus) try to take over the daunting task of breathing.